Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Capability Fund

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Capability Fund seeks to support research organisations to identify and break down barriers to attracting, retaining and growing an equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce.

The Fund aims to promote best EDI practice across Aotearoa New Zealand to ensure our research sector includes different perspectives reflecting our diverse population. The Fund will support research organisations to build stronger connections and partnerships with Māori, and to create an environment and workforce that reflects the diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand, giving equal opportunities for all to participate, grow and thrive.

The funding available

In October 2019, the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation announced $6m for organisational equity, diversity and inclusion capacity building. With these resources, we will support initiatives that encourage diversity in science and the pipeline of talent. 

We anticipate around $4m (GST exclusive) will be allocated for the EDI Capability Fund.

The Fund will support research organisations and their peak bodies in Aotearoa New Zealand to address and/or uplift their capability to identify and remove EDI barriers within their workplace. Organisations are welcome to apply individually or in collaboration with 1 or more partner(s).

Full details on fundable activities, the eligibility criteria, the application process, the assessment criteria against which eligible applications will be assessed, and the reporting requirements are detailed in the Call for Proposals.

Download the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Capability Fund - 2021 Call for Proposals [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Funding decisions

Our General Manager of the Science System Investment and Performance Branch in the Labour, Science and Enterprise Group, MBIE will make the final investment decisions on which proposals will be funded.

We will notify applicants of the funding decisions and publish the decisions on our website.

Contact us

For more information, email EDICapabilityFund@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 08 March 2021